Friday, November 30, 2018

Time Out and Tracey

I've got a couple of things to share this evening. The first one is a tag made for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I've been quickly peeking at the creations all along, but only found time and energy to make a tag today. I was inspired by tags which Zsofia Molnar made for Day 5. I'll show you her sweet tags:

Here's my tag:

No kitty on this tag, instead, I opted for snowflakes. The gingham is from MFT, the sentiment and the snowflakes are from LF, the box and the scalloped border are from ME, and the fishtail tag is from PPP. 

I'm also playing along at Time Out where we're to use black, white, and one other color.

Since I needed several masculine cards to fill the kids Christmas present boxes, I went with this design:

The stripes and the kraft are from my scrap files, and the bow tie is a Studio Calico stamp. Avery Elle sentiment. EZPZ. Seriously EZ. Might make more of this design....Anyway, I've got to go finish up in the kitchen so will catch you again soon. As always...

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Twofer Challenge #11

Can you believe it's November already?! Have you started getting ready for Thanksgiving yet? Do you host the dinner, or go somewhere? We host those of our children who can come, and invite friends and neighbors who are unable to go to their far-away families. I love cooking for this holiday most of all. This year, I will have to delegate more or I'll get yelled at (heart issues) by my family. I'm hoping some of those little ones can come a day early so we can all bake pies together. They've taken a vote, and decided that we need another flavor of pie, too. Lemon Meringue. Going with Pillsbury pie crusts this year to cut down on the work. There should be flour and sugar all over the kitchen by the end of pie day, lol! Here's a photo of the apprentice bakers from last year:

Aren't they adorable?!! The face on that little Avie...

However, it's the Twofer Challenge you've come here to see, isn't it? So let's get to that, shall we....

Chances are you still have a Thanksgiving or Christmas card to make, so here's a great prompt for you...And, if you play along, you'll be TWO cards ahead!! I had fun with this one:



I used a Memory Box wreath stamp and die set. For my first card, I stamped a full-sized panel, and colored the wreath with Copics. I added several small blings, and a strip of polka dotted paper. The sentiment is from Uniko. For my second card, I stamped the wreath onto a scrap of white and colored it with Copics. After die cutting it, I split the wreath and used it as garland on the blue base. The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled. Had to add a falling blossom just because. 

We'll be taking a break for the month of December, but check back on January 10th to see the first prompt of the New Year! Right now, head over to the Twofer Challenge blog so see what the rest of the DT and our Guest Designers have made... And after that, join in the fun!! Enjoy your Thanksgiving celebrations, and have a very Blessed Christmas! And always...

Saturday, November 3, 2018

More Normal

I must be getting back to a more normal me. I'm in the craft room, I'm commenting more, and I'm writing blog posts. DH is doing 'well-ish.' He'll never be 100%, but he's walking and doing things for himself again, so we'll take that! Did I tell you I got a cleaning lady? With the old ticker giving me the honking fits, I had to make some changes. Since finding Iryna, my house is clean, and she's given me more time to spend in here than on cleaning projects. Yippeeeee!!!!!! So I made some cards. Imagine that!! One is for the Inspired By Challenge, and the other is for CAS(E) This Sketch.

That soup looks delicious. Perfect cold weather food. I was inspired by the colors, the sprig of herbs, and the 'white space.'

I found this ancient piece of leafy patterned paper in my paper tower and went with it as I didn't have a white-ish woodgrain. The green polka dots are SU, and the orange cardstock is just scraps. I used an RC tag die, a few sequins, a Pinkfresh sprig, and the sentiment is a sticker from dear Darnell

My next card is nearly a one-layer card:

I started out with some Gina K. kraft. It's the best, I swear. I used a Stamp Market polka dot stamp with VersaMark and love the way it looks. I trimmed the panel down ever-so-slightly. The arrows are from C9, stamped in navy blue, and the sentiment is from HA stamped in red. EZPZ. Good for a fella, don't you think? Might make more similar to this to add to my pile....Anyway, hope you're having a great weekend, and as always...

Thursday, November 1, 2018

It's November Already

I know it's not just me; 2018 has really flown by, hasn't it?! Can't believe it's November already!! I have to say that I love November. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and as much of my family gathers here as can. I've started shopping for the dinner, and we're hosting a big crew this year again. Including my 88 year-old dad. He's talked about how much fun he had with us last year, and particularly his great grandchildren, so he is more than excited to come this year and be entertained by all those little kids. Guess who's sitting at the kids table? Nope. Not my dad. Me!! I always try to sit with them and get the scoop on what they like best about the food. It varies widely, and is always funny to get their opinions. And I've got help this year cooking. The cardiologist says to reduce stress on my body, so my children and grandchildren will help cook. I think it's a good idea, as they'll get to know grandma's recipes for their own Thanksgivings in the future. I think I'll sit on the stool in the kitchen and just orchestrate everything! "It's good to be the queen!" Teeheehee.

How about a couple of cards for today? Okie dokie. Two cards, four challenges. This first card will head off to City Crafters and Addicted to Stamps and More.

Week 436 ~ Zig-a-Zag-Ah

My card looks like this:

I used a gray chevron patterned paper from MFT, and scraps for the rest. Those are MFT triangles, and a PTI sentiment. EZPZ.

Next, I'm playing at Time Out, and SSS Wednesday Challenge where it's Anything Goes.

I went for something very Fall-like.

Random scraps from my files make up the base and the frame. Those are LF stamps and dies and I colored them with Copics. Thanks to Kara, I've gotten a smidgen better at coloring. Coloring makes me happy. Apples make me happy. Making cards makes me happy. You make me happy. And as always...